Radford's Psy.D. program ranked first in the nation

Radford University’s Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) program, which has a focus on rural mental health, was named the best in the country for the 2017-18 academic year by an online publication.

BestCounselingDegrees.net, which recognized Radford University’s Psy.D. program, ranked the American Psychological Association accredited programs based on licensure percentage and other factors. Radford University has the highest licensure percentage with 100 percent of graduates receiving their license after completing the program.

Jeff Aspelmeier, chair of the Department of Psychology, said that the ranking “is particularly gratifying given that program rankings are based on student outcomes.”

“Our doctoral students work very hard and it is reflected in the tremendous success the students have had in securing accredited internships and becoming licensed mental health professionals,” Aspelmeier said. “Our students’ success also reflects the work of a talented and dedicated faculty and tremendous amount of support from the Radford University community.”

For me, a second-year student, it’s wonderful to see the hard work and accomplishments of the faculty, staff and my fellow students recognized in a national context

Paul Pohto

Katherine Hawkins, dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, said that she is proud of the many accomplishments by the faculty and students in the Psy.D. program.

“Faculty and students in the Psy.D. program contribute thousands of hours of mental health care services to members of our community who would not otherwise have those services available to them,” Hawkins said. “This is one of the many ways in which the program gives back to the people of the Commonwealth.”

Doctoral candidate and president of the Psy.D. student organization Paul Pohto said that Radford University’s program offers students a top-notch experience for students pursuing a career as a professional psychologist in the areas of rural mental health, social justice, evidence-based practice and diversity.

“Our program’s ranking on this specific poll illustrates the commitment that our program faculty and the university have to ensuring that the Psy.D. program remains a flagship program in the state of Virginia as well as the country,” Pohto said. “I’m excited to see what additional opportunities and resources arise as a result of this honor and recognition."

Jan 22, 2018
Max Esterhuizen